Where: Breakfast meeting at Chiltern Firehouse
Prints, prints, glorious prints. Nothing quite like ’em for making you squint! Ok, so I think it’s fair to say that I was never destined for a career as a singer song writer, as much as I not so secretly used to and in fact still do sometimes fantasise about being a pop star. The fact that I have a singing voice better suited to a cat being castrated and am genuinely incapable of holding a tune probably doesn’t help either. Anyway, enough about my vanquished childhood (slash ongoing) dreams of giving Tay Tay a run for her money, let’s talk about this outfit! You may remember the get up from an insta I posted way back in February when I wore it to the Alice + Olivia presentation during New York Fashion Week. Yes that’s right. I wore this cropped shirt, mini skirt, cork wedges combo during a minus 37 degree snowstorm. Admittedly I added tights and a Uniqlo thermal into the mix but if I’m honest, I still thought that I was actually going to die of cold. Ever since then I’ve been not-so-patiently waiting to rock the whole thing exactly how God, or rather how Stacey Bendet, intended and now it’s May I’ve been prancing around town in it rather a lot.
As much as I love mix n’ matching designers with totally different aesthetics or pairing high street and luxury labels, there’s certainly something to be said for wearing a “total look”. Especially when the look in question is by a brand whose aesthetic is one so totally in sync with your own. Between her playful prints, flirty hemlines and penchant for embellishing E-V-E-R-Y-T-H-I-N-G to within an inch of its like, Alice + Olivia designer Stacey Bendet just knows how to create pieces I adore so much I’m willing to risk frostbite to wear them. Well, either that or I’m a total fashion victim who risks her health and wastes obscene amounts of money on taxis out of sheer vanity. Possibly those two things aren’t mutually exclusive.
What are your thoughts on the idea of wearing one designer head-to-toe?
Love Ella. X
Images by Holly McGlynn